Day: January 11, 2023

Trenton Firefighters Extinguish Sixth “Working Fire” Since Sunday Afternoon

January 11, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the Trenton Fire Department once again demonstrated their skill and efficiency by quickly extinguishing a blaze in the rectory of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 11). 

It was the sixth working fire in the city since Sunday afternoon (Jan. 8).

This morning’s blaze in the 400 block of Adeline Street was reported just after 10:30 a.m.Dispatched on the initial assignment were Engines 3, 7 and 10, Ladder 2, Rescue 1 and Battalion Chief Dave Smolka.

A column of smoke was visible in the air as firefighters responded in and Engine 3 arrived to find flames showing from a third-floor window. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was transmitted and additional firefighting units, including Engine 1 and Ladder 4, were dispatched.

Firefighters placed two hoselines in service and succeeded in quickly knocking down the bulk of the fire and limiting the damage to a small area of the building. The blaze was officially declared under control at 10:55 a.m.

It was the sixth working fire since Sunday. 

Sunday’s “workers” involved the rear of the old Mercer Medical Center complex off Rutherford Avenue about 2 p.m., a home in the 1200 of South Broad Street about 2:30 p.m., and another home in the 500 block of Emory Avenue. Later on Sunday, about 11:40 p.m., the fourth fire of the day was reported in an abandoned house in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue.

And early yesterday morning, just after 4:30 a.m., Trenton firefighters battled yet another working fire in a home on Landing Street. 

Video by: Brian McCarthy

Photos by: Dave Rogers

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Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Help In 2019 R-NU Barbershop Murder

January 11, 2023

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIPLaw-enforcement officials are requesting the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for a September 2019 murder in Neptune Township, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Wednesday.

The joint investigation between the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Neptune Township Police Department into the homicide of Wayne E. Jones, 46, of Neptune Township, is still active and ongoing. Prosecutor Santiago is urging the community to come forward and share any information they may have with police in hopes of bringing closure to the victim’s family, while also noting that those with information can contact police either directly or anonymously.

On Friday night, September 20, 2019, at approximately 8:11 p.m., Neptune Township Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 1030 Old Corlies Avenue, in the area of the R-NU Barbershop. Police received a report that two men arrived at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) with gunshot wounds. The two men arrived at JSUMC in separate vehicles.

Jones was pronounced deceased at 9:02 p.m. A 42-year-old Trenton man was treated and released from JSUMC. This was the second homicide in less than a year to take place at the same location.

The investigation revealed that the suspects were observed on security camera footage arriving and fleeing the scene in a vehicle believed to be a 2012-2016 black Toyota Camry with tinted windows.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Aaron Shaw at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Robert Hagerman of the Neptune Township Police Department at 732-988-8000, Ext. 419.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android –, by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at